Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions: Week 2 game review

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Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) rushes with the ball after making a catch for a first down in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Confusing

  1.  Jungle Love!  Listen, I love Morris Day and the Time as much as the next guy, but it’s weird hearing ‘Jungle Love’ during a football game.  I’ll still dance in my seat when I hear it though and think about the scene from Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’.
  2. What’s New, Pussycat?  I don’t know if I love or hate that the Vikings play that song when the Lions are introduced.  Either way, it’s something that makes me both smile and facepalm at the same time.  Plus, I can’t help it that I kind of like that song as well.
  3. Begging for flags.  C’mon Golden Tate.  You’re not an NFL superstar.  Begging for a flag on back-to-back plays just makes you look bad.  Captain Munnerlyn won the mental battle there.  Plus, how manly does it look when you get beat on a play and then whine about it? Not good.
  4. Confusing challenges.  “Where the ball crosses the sideline when the player crosses the sideline” is a valid explanation?  And with all these cameras, they should be able to pinpoint where the ball is when a player goes out of bounds.  It’s 2015, not the 1960’s.
  5. No measurement?  The ball was put down to prepare for a measurement late in the 4th quarter, but the Lions advanced to the line and ran a play.  The Minnesota Vikings should be expecting an apology letter from the league regarding this major error in the game.

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